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MIDDLE SCHOOL SPEECH CHALLENGE
WELCOME! Thank you for participating in the Middle School Speech Challenge. The purpose of the Middle School Speech Challenge is to give middle school students a low-stress, enjoyable competition opportunity that can be done from their homes. The tournament will not feature any live performances or live judging. All middle school events will be offered as asynchronous recordings. The asynchronous model allows the NSDA to honor achievement while avoiding asking young competitors to solve technology and logistical issues on their own. Judges will be assigned a series of preliminary rounds to judge within a window of time. Students will not be present while judges are scoring the rounds, but coaches will have access to judge feedback after the competition is judged. The top students in each middle school event will be named as national middle school showcase finalists who will be recognized during the National Tournament Opening Ceremony (the livestream starts Sunday, June 13 at 6:00 p.m. CT), and their recorded performances will be made available on the NSDA website as a resource and celebration.
CONGRATULATIONS! to all of our NSF and NDF alumni who qualified for the 2021 National Tournament!
PROUD SPONSOR OF THE MIDDLE SCHOOL NATIONAL TOURNAMENT SINCE 2015
JOIN US FOR AN ONLINE SESSION THIS SUMMER! SESSION 1 ONE WEEK: JUNE 28 - JULY 5, 2021 TWO WEEK: JUNE 28 - JULY 11, 2021 SESSION 2 ONE WEEK: JULY 14 - JULY 20, 2021 TWO WEEK: JULY 14 - JULY 27, 2021
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Gus Gerlach Lauryn Walker Cobin Szymanski Alessandro Perri Noah Mengisteab Joele Denis Jimi Morales Jeff Miller
Lyndsey Oliver Chad Meadows Shane Stafford Ashley Murphy Cecilia Alali Sydney Vance Peyton Ronkin Zoe Spicer Joshua Enebo
SCHEDULE OVERVIEW June 7 - June 10 • Judges will receive their judging assignments through Tabroom.com by June 7. They will have until June 10 to watch videos of the performances and rank each of the competitors in the round.
June 13 • Stream the National Tournament Opening Ceremony to find out which students were selected as showcase finalists in each event! The top videos in each event will be showcased on the NSDA website by July.
EVENTS Many typical NSDA Middle School Nationals speech events will be offered: Declamation, Dramatic Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, Informative Speaking (no visual aids permitted), Original Oratory, Poetry, Program Oral Interpretation, Storytelling, and Prose. Two additional events will be adapted to the asynchronous format: Prepared Mixed Extemporaneous Speaking and Prepared Prompt Speaking (revised version of Impromptu). In these two formats, students will receive lists of 10 topics or prompts on May 1. They will pick one to speak on and record and submit their speech on that topic within the typical time limits of those events.
Congressional Debate Authorship Challenge • In this event, competitors will select two pieces of legislation from the High School Nationals Congressional Debate Docket and construct two authorship speeches 3-5 minutes in length. Both speeches must be authorship speeches; negative responses to the legislation are not permitted. While students will write out the speeches, they should not be memorized. Eye contact and other aspects of nonverbal communication are important considerations. Students may speak from notes in any format. Students
will give both of those speeches within a recording limit of 10 minutes and 30 seconds, taking prep time between speeches, if needed. Judges will evaluate the structure, arguments, evidence, and speaking abilities of each competitor and rank them against each other.
Pro Con Challenge • In this event, students will write a 3-5 minute affirmative case and a 3-5 minute negative case on the National Tournament topic for Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum, or Policy Debate. Both cases must be on the same topic. They will read both of those speeches within a recording limit of 10 minutes and 30 seconds. Judges will evaluate the structure, arguments, evidence, and speaking abilities of each competitor and rank them against each other. The event’s goal is to demonstrate that students have the ability to see multiple perspectives on an overall issue. While students will write out the speeches, they should not be memorized. Eye contact and other aspects of nonverbal communication are important considerations. Students may speak from notes in any format. It is important to remember that these speeches will be judged against any of the given topic areas all in one round. Thus, coaches and students may wish to make their speeches friendly to a wide range of judges.
NEW! Original Spoken Word Poetry • Students will write and perform original poetry. Original Spoken Word Poetry is poetry written for performance to express ideas, experience, or emotion through the creative arrangement of words according to their sound, their rhythm, their meaning. The maximum time limit is 5 minutes with a 30-second grace period. The delivery must be memorized, and no book or script may be used. A successful performer will craft a piece that elicits critical thought, reflection, or emotion. Spoken Word Poetry is created to be performed aloud and may feature rhythmic flow, vivid imagery, word play, gestures, lyrical elements, and repetition.
ABOUT JUDGING Judges will need a Tabroom.com account in order to access their judging assignments and complete their ballots. To check that an account is set up and ready to go, judges should log in to Tabroom.com, click “Upcoming” under the Judging header on the right side of the page, and make sure “Middle School Speech Challenge” is listed. All judges are eligible to judge all events. By June 7, judges can login to Tabroom.com and will see their assigned rounds. For each round they have been assigned, they will see the event, the round number (one through five) and a button that says “Start Round.” When judges click “Start Round,” it will take them to their ballot, which will have a space to rank each student from 1 to 7. Judges will watch each student’s video in order from the student listed at the top of the ballot to the student listed at the bottom of the ballot. The best performance will receive a 1, the second best will receive a 2, and so on. There is space on the ballot for judges to leave feedback for each competitor. Judges are encouraged to describe what the student did well, where they could improve, and why they received their rank. Judges must adjudicate all of their assigned rounds by June 10. They may do so at any time in the June 7 - 10 window. Each school in the tournament has posted a $200 bond that will be refunded if all judges for a school complete their assignments on time. If a judge does not complete their judging assignments by the deadline, the school will lose their judge bond and be charged a $400 fine. An additional $400 fine will be assessed for additional judges that do not complete their assignments. Equity is a core value of the National Speech & Debate Association, and we trust that our judges will help us live that value. Many students and judges do not have equal access to the internet and technology. Judges should not allow video/sound equipment quality, physical location, or other elements not in control of individual students to affect their decisions.
Visit www.speechandebate.org/competition-events to learn more about each of the events!
PROCEDURES For complete Middle School Speech Challenge procedures, visit www.speechanddebate.org/nationals.
JUDGE TRAINING In partnership with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), we offer online training to help you identify the different types of speech and debate events and review basic judging guidelines. This course contains example student performances so you can practice judging while receiving tips on what to note during an actual round. We also offer cultural competency training for all judges. Visit www.speechanddebate. org/judge-training to get started!
Cultural Competency Training
Adjudicating Speech and Debate
NSDA HELPLINES firstname.lastname@example.org • general inquiries about the Middle School Speech Challenge
ABOUT THE SHOWCASE The top students in each middle school event will be named as National Middle School Showcase Finalists, and their recorded performances will be made available on the NSDA website as a resource and celebration. The number of competitors recognized will depend on the number of entries in that event. All students announced as showcase winners will receive an award shipped to their school. Schools will also be awarded based on Showcase recognition.
MIDDLE SCHOOL AWARDS MIDDLE SCHOOL COACH OF THE YEAR
Chris Wardner ALMADEN COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL SAN JOSE, CA
MIDDLE SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR
Alfred F. Dugan III PRINCETON ACADEMY OF THE SACRED HEART PRINCETON, NJ
THANK YOU TO OUR DONORS! Your support makes the life-changing benefits of speech and debate possible. THANK YOU ON BEHALF OF THE THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS IN THIS ASSOCIATION.. . YOUR DEDICATION HAS MADE A SMALL, NERVOUS, FRIGHTENED GIRL INTO WHO I AM TODAY. IT WILL ALSO MAKE THOUSANDS OF OTHER CHILDREN INTO A GENERATION OF GLOBAL LEADERS.”
JACQUELINE WEI Plano West Sr. High School, TX – Class of 2019 2018 and 2019 United States Extemp national champion
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VISION We envision a world in which every school provides speech and debate programs to foster each student’s communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creative skills.
CORE VALUES Equity
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CODE OF HONOR “As a student or coach member of the National Speech & Debate Association, I pledge to uphold the highest standards of humility, equity, integrity, respect, leadership, and service in pursuit of excellence.” HUMILITY: A member does not regard oneself more highly than others. Regardless of a person’s level of success, an individual always looks beyond oneself to appreciate the inherent value of others. EQUITY: A member respects individuals and their individual differences as well as fosters equity, diversity, and inclusion. A member promotes empowerment for people from all backgrounds, including race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and ability. INTEGRITY: A member is honest, ethical, and adheres to the competition and conduct rules of the organization. A member follows the NSDA discrimination and harassment policy and abides by the rules of their schools, tournaments, and localities. RESPECT: A member demonstrates civil discourse in their interactions with others. A member maintains and contributes to a safe space and welcoming environment for all. LEADERSHIP: A member is aware their words and actions influence others. A member commits to thoughtful and meaningful words and actions that reflect NSDA core values. SERVICE: A member exercises their talents to provide service to peers, community, and the activity. At all times a member is prepared to work constructively to improve the lives of others. © National Speech & Debate Association
HARASSMENT AND DISCRIMINATION POLICY The National Speech & Debate Association is committed to providing its participants, judges, coaches, and staff the opportunity to pursue excellence in their endeavors. This opportunity can exist only when each member of our community is assured an atmosphere of mutual respect. The NSDA prohibits all forms of harassment and discrimination. Accordingly, all forms of harassment and discrimination, whether written or oral, based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by any applicable federal, state, or local law are prohibited, whether committed by participants, judges, coaches, or observers. Individuals who are found to have violated this policy will be subject to the full range of sanctions, up to and including removal from the tournament premises.
EQUITY STATEMENT The National Speech & Debate Association is committed to modeling and fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion for all speech and debate communities. We are continuously transforming our organization to reflect and operationalize the values of equity, integrity, respect, leadership, and service. We will take responsibility. We will heed, learn, and evolve. We will work conscientiously to model and foster an inclusive and equitable speech and debate experience for all.
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Executive Director, Tournament Director
Manager of Tournament Operations
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Martin Glendinning Judge Chair
Co-Chair of Computer Operations
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NATIONAL OFFICE STAFF
J. Scott Wunn
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Assistant Executive Director, Assistant National Tournament Director
Director of Technology
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Big Questions Grants Administrator
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WHAT IS BIG QUESTIONS?
Big Questions is a debate format in which high school and middle school students will grapple with complex worldview questions. They debate both sides of a topic determined at the beginning of the school year. Schools are eligible to earn thousands of dollars by facilitating Big Questions debates. VIRTUAL EVENTS ARE WELCOME!
FORMAT AND STRUCTURE Big Questions is an accessible debate format that can be added to your tournament, held during your classroom period, or even done internally amongst your team. The Big Questions format involves two opposing sides debating a topic concerning the intersection of science, philosophy, and religion. Students can choose to compete individually or with a partner.
VISIT speechanddebate.org/ big-questions to learn more about Big Questions. We will announce the 2021-2022 BQ topic and open the application cycle in August. Apply early—funding is limited. PROMOTE, HOLD YOUR EVENT, and turn in a brief form afterwards to PROVIDE FEEDBACK on the event. SPEND the Big Questions grant award! You can purchase supplies for your classroom or fund speech and debate activities.
Competitors are assigned a side, present the case, engage in rebuttal, and participate in question periods.
EARN MEMBERSHIP Due to the demand for the Big Questions grant, only NSDA members will be eligible to receive funding. If you currently are a non-member school, you can use part of your Big Questions grant to cover the cost of membership! Contact us at email@example.com with questions about how to get involved today!
Big Questions is presented by the NSDA through a generous grant provided by the John Templeton Foundation.
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